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Cundall wins brownfield development project of the year

05 November 2020

Cundall collected the award for brownfield redevelopment project of the year at the Ground Engineering Awards 2020.

Held virtually this year, the Ground Engineering Awards 2020 celebrate the hard work and dedication of the people behind award-winning projects and initiatives over the past year.

Once completed, Harper Road will comprise 260 student residential apartments distributed over three to six storeys together with courtyard area and landscape riverside walkway.

The previous use of the site had caused challenges in the form of significant hydrocarbon and asbestos contamination both within the onsite soils, and in the case of hydrocarbons the groundwater as well. The hydrocarbons and asbestos identified beneath the site were recorded at concentrations / quantities which rendered the site not 'suitable for use' in the context of the proposed development. Therefore, to allow development to proceed a programme of remediation works was required to mitigate the identified risks.

Working alongside Alto Construct and Wordsworth Construction Management, Cundall devised a solution which enabled the project to continue. Cundall’s role in the advocacy of exploring alternative and advanced methods to remediation was paramount to the success of the project.

Cundall was responsible for the subsequent design of the structural and civil engineering elements of the scheme meaning the needs of all parties involved were understood. This ultimately enabled the best course of action in terms of impacts on the future construction phase.

The judges acknowledged “good collaboration from start to completion of the project. Through the implementation of alternative remediation measures in the form of a liquid curtain wall, the submission demonstrated collaborative working, regulatory compliance, reduced programme and significantly reduced quantities of soil sent to landfill, ultimately minimising environment impact. Everything was completed on budget and two weeks ahead of schedule which was very impressive. It was an alternative and innovative method.”

Kevin McGee, Associate Director and project lead said: ‘this is a fantastic example of how with early collaboration and open-minds our industry can continue to develop, and make a real difference in reducing our environmental impact. We were thrilled that Alto Construct and Wordsworth Construction Management were forward thinking with us and were equally ready to embrace new technology and methods to deliver this project as effectively as we did. Congratulations to all those recognised at these fantastic awards’.